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Why study a master’s degree in Australia?

What are the benefits of doing a masters in Australia? We look at what makes Australia such an attractive study destination for postgraduate students.

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Looking to study your master’s degree abroad? Australia offers an unbeatable experience for international students with a warm climate, beautiful scenery, and top universities. Its no surprise that Australia is the second most popular study destination in the world, behind the USA. In 2019, Australia welcomed 758,000 international students to its world-leading universities and TAFE institutions (Technical and Further Education). So, we know that Australia is an attractive study location, but why exactly should you consider it for your master’s degree?


Globally esteemed education


Both undergraduate and postgraduate education in Australia is respected and recognised around the world. Australian universities are leaders within higher education and take pride in the level of excellence they provide. From leading lecturers, modern facilities, to trusted support services, Australian graduates are highly sought after by employers. Australian universities consistently rank within the world’s top institutions, with 43 in total to choose from.


The following universities in Australia rank within the world’s top 100 (QS World University Rankings 2022):



Impactful research


Did you know that penicillin, Wi-Fi, and the cochlear implant were all discovered by Australian graduates? This goes to show that Australia is a global leader when it comes to research and development. In fact, more than 90 per cent of Australian research is considered world class (Universities Australia).


So, if you are embarking on a masters in Australia, this might be of particular interest to you as you will be evaluating other people’s research while also conducting your own. The Australian higher education system also spent AUD 12.2 million on research initiatives in 2018 which reflects the government’s support for university research (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2018).


High quality of life


Many students are attracted to Australia for the high quality of life on offer. In fact, Australia is considered the sixth best country for quality of life in the world (US News and World Report 2021). This is based on the job market, low unemployment rate, economic and political stability, safety, and the quality of the education system.


Culturally, Australian people are known for being laid-back, enjoying a relaxed lifestyle with an appreciation for a balanced life. It’s therefore not surprising that Australia ranks as the 12th happiest country in the world (Forbes 2021). So outside of your studies, you too can experience an Australian lifestyle, soaking up the beautiful scenery and savoring your leisure time.


Post-study work opportunities


You will be pleased to know that you can choose to stay in Australia to work after your master’s degree for two to three years. The length of stay does depend on the type of course you study. So, a master’s degree entitles you to a two-year post-study work visa (as is the case with bachelor’s degrees) while research masters’ graduates are eligible for three years.


If you decide to continue your studies to the PhD level, you can remain in Australia to work for four years after your programme. Plus, if you wish to live in Australia, you can apply for permanent residency. Completing a bachelor’s degree or higher will improve your chances of being accepted. To apply, you must follow the process of obtaining a skilled visa known as the SkillSelect migration program which assesses applicants based on their education, occupation, level of English and so on.


Work while you study


Another major advantage of doing your masters in Australia is that you can work up to 20 hours per week and full-time during holidays. This can help when it comes to financing your living costs and gaining work experience. With the minimum wage being AUD 20.33 per hour, you should be able to cover your basic expenses such as food, entertainment, shopping, and travel costs (Australian Government).


Improve your English


As English is the official language of Australia, you will have plenty of opportunities to improve and develop your language skills while you study. Whether that’s on your course or when meeting and conversing with new people, you will have the chance to communicate with English speaking people on a regular basis.


Although the Aussies use a lot of slang, you will get used to these new phrases. Remember you will need good scores on your English language test to be accepted for a place at an Australian university if English is not your first language.


Opportunity to explore Australia


Working hard and gaining a top grade in your master’s is of course going to be the main priority while in Australia. However, you will also have breaks and time where you can explore your local area or even venture further afield.


Australia is home to many wonders of the world including the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, the Twelve Apostles, Fraser Island, the Blue Mountains and so much more. Once you finish your studies, you may have some more free time to travel while you look for work. This means that not only are you gaining a prestigious degree, but you can also have an adventure while doing it.


Ready to apply for a masters in Australia? Use our course matcher tool today to find a degree and university that matches your preferences and qualifications.

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